Applied Mathematical Science

Can girls really find a place in the male-dominated world of STEM? At Wesleyan, they can. Last year, 17% of Wesleyan's graduates majored in STEM fields.

The study of mathematics is key for pursuing careers in STEM fields, where women are still under represented. A student who majors in mathematics or applied mathematical science at Wesleyan acquires not only the technical knowledge she will need to continue to her next level of study or work, but also, through Wesleyan’s focus on the liberal arts, necessary communication and critical thinking skills, thereby providing her the flexibility for expanding and changing future job and career opportunities. Our courses and extra-curricular programs enable a student to structure her Wesleyan experience to match her own interests. Graduates of our mathematics programs often combine their major coursework with study in other areas, and have gone on to careers in various STEM fields, economics, teaching, business, and law.

The prestigious Munroe Scholars Program provides two full-tuition scholarships annually to academically superior first-year applicants for admission with interests in mathematics, dual-degree engineering, or science. Preference is given to students who demonstrate particular promise in scientific inquiry or research. Eligible candidates must be invited to compete at Scholarship Day, possess strong academic credentials, and demonstrate their interest and ability to engage in research. Recipients also are eligible for research stipends of up to $1,000 during their junior and senior years.

Majors: Mathematics
Minor: Mathematics
Related Majors: Applied Mathematical Science
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YUNFAN ZHOU

From Henan, China, YunFan Zhou ‘18 is an applied mathematical science and pre-engineering double major. The recipient of a Trustee Scholarship, YunFan is the first person in her family to earn a college degree. She credits the professors at Wesleyan for preparing her to reach her goal of becoming a computer engineer.

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Prepare Early For Your Future

Wesleyan’s mathematics and applied mathematical science majors provide students the applied and theoretical background needed to pursue further study and work in the ever-expanding STEM fields. Our curriculums are designed to explore a broad range of topics as well as to allow deeper study in preparation for graduate school and careers. Small class sizes and mentoring faculty enhance students’ insights into academic fields and life-paths they wish to explore, and give students the knowledge and skills needed to adapt to new technologies and changing conditions in academia and the workplace.

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Outside The Classroom

Mathematics and applied mathematical science majors have participated in many national summer research programs. There are opportunities for internships, study abroad, research with faculty, and attendance and presentations at regional and national academic conferences. We also have an active math cub and a chapter of Kappa Mu Epsilon, the national honorary society for undergraduate mathematics, which helps promote collegiality, sisterhood, and service activities.

 

 

Wesleyan Women In Applied Mathematical Science Careers

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HANNAH CALLENDER ’01

Hannah graduated summa cum laude with a degree in mathematics and minors in computer science and music. From Vanderbilt, she earned her master’s and PhD degrees in mathematics with emphasis in mathematical biology. Currently she works as an associate professor of mathematics at the University of Portland.

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AAHANA BAJRACHARYA ’16

Aahana Bajracharya graduated magna cum laude with a double major in neuroscience and applied mathematical science. She attends Washington University of St. Louis where she is working toward her PhD in neuroscience. While at Wesleyan, Aahana served as president of SGA and received the highest student nominated honor, Wesleyan Woman of the Year.

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JANELLE FLEMING ’94

Janelle is a marine scientist who, along with her husband, owns Seahorse Coastal Consulting, where they focus on storm surge model development research. SCC also studies tsunami modeling and develops continuing education for engineering professionals. Her clients include federal and state agencies and the Army Corps of Engineers.

 

WESLEYAN MATH MAJORS HAVE STUDIED  AT PRESTIGIOUS GRADUATE SCHOOLS:

Yale, Auburn University, University of Florida, University of Tennessee, University of Virginia, Michigan State University, Vanderbilt, University of Michigan

careers to consider WITH A MATH DEGREE

COMPUTER SCIENCE

The theory and methods of processing information in digital computers, the design of computer hardware and software, and the applications of computers.

ENGINEERING

According to Forbes, surveys consistently show that computer science and engineering are the surest paths to the highest pay straight out of college.

ACTUARY

Using statistics, actuaries perform mathematical analyses to calculate possibilities. Actuaries are often employed in finance, sales, and marketing to project the performance of a product.

LOGISTICIAN

Oversees stages of producing, transporting, and inventorying of products. Logistician positions require analytical thinking, problem solving skills, and numerical efficiency.

ANALYST

Use statistics perform other critical analysis in order to better understand a demographic and market, or break into a new market.

ACCOUNTING

Accounting can be divided into several fields including financial accounting, management accounting, auditing, and tax accounting.

BIOSTATISTICS

Analyzing data and statistics on living things collected during medical research studies to draw conclusions or make predications.

INVESTMENT BANKING

Requires intellect, discipline, diligence, entrepreneurial qualities, broadmindedness, an interest in globally connected businesses, and the ability to build and maintain strong relationships.

Charles Benesh
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Joseph A. Iskra, Jr.
Associate Professor of Mathematics (478) 757-5247 Profile
Randy Heaton
Assistant Professor of Mathematics (478) 757-2061 Profile

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Of the student population at Wesleyan is international

30

Number of majors we offer including the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees

81%

Of full time faculty members hold the highest degree in their fields

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